Nelson was not among the players that the Islanders elected to protect in the upcoming expansion draft, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Nelson has frustrated the Islanders brass at times with his inconsistency but still has 66 goals over the past three seasons and has only missed two games over this time. His name being left unprotected was a surprise and could indicate that the Islanders already have a deal in place with Las Vegas to send it a draft pick in return for not selecting players like Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan and Nelson.
Nelson posted a goal, two assists and a plus-1 rating in Sunday's 4-2 win against the Senators. Nelson capped off the season in style, reaching 20 goals while amassing 45 points in 81 games. He has reached the 20-goal plateau in each of his past three seasons, and his 45 points mark a new career best.
Nelson posted an assist with a pair of blocked shots in Saturday's 2-1 loss against the Bruins. With the assists, Nelson reached the 40-point mark for the third consecutive season. He is just two points short of his career high set in the 2014-15 campaign and has emerged as a decent No. 3 center in deeper seasonal pools.
Nelson scored a goal with a blocked shot and a hit in Friday's 4-3 shootout win against the Penguins. Nelson had another goal disallowed at the end of the first period following Pittsburgh's challenge for goaltender interference. He has four goals in March, tying a season high for goals in a single month. Nelson has four more outings in March to try for a new season best.
Nelson (upper body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's game against Winnipeg. The former University of North Dakota standout missed the Isles' last game, a 3-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday. After potting 26 goals in 2015-16, Nelson has seen a dip in production, netting just 16 goals in 68 games this season. That said, Nelson scored a goal in two of his last three games before being injured, and he'll be centering a promising line with Andrew Ladd and Josh Ho-Sang on the wings.
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